Supernatural Teases a Turbulent Season 10 at San Diego Comic-Con

Fans of CW’s Supernatural had barely begun to recover from the shocking Season 9 finale when news of Season 10 began flowing in. Through press releases, a panel, and an exclusive sneak peek for attendees, the cast and crew of the long-running drama leaked tantalizing tidbits regarding the upcoming season.

Demon Dean was, of course, a hot topic for the cast and fans at the convention. “We don’t know how far gone he is,” said Misha Collins in a recent interview. When asked about how Dean’s transformation would affect his relationship with Castiel, he explained that “it drives a wedge between them … Cas still obviously cares about Dean very much, because his primary mission is to get Dean cured of being a demon. But at the same time, Cas is determined not to let a demon Dean roam the earth. So if it comes to it, Cas is willing to kill demon Dean if human Dean can’t be rescued.”

When asked how far Sam would go to find Dean, Jared Padalecki replied that “Sam goes really far. He goes to a place we’re kind of playing with this year [involving] your destiny, and who’s the real monster. Dean’s obviously been possessed by a demon, but the things that Sam does, searching for his brother, makes us question how dark Sam has become as well.”

At the beginning of the Hall H Supernatural panel on Sunday (July 27), fans were treated to an exciting clip of Season 10 that showcases this dynamic. “I hate demons,” Sam seethed, to which Dean replied, “I’ve got a hell of a lot more running through me than just demon juice … You see, from where I’m sitting, there ain’t much difference from what I turned into to what you already are. I know what you did when you went looking for me. And I know how far you went. So let me ask you: which one of us is really a monster?”

According to Jensen Ackles, “In true Demon Dean fashion, he’s handling [the transformation] quite well. He enjoys the freedom, he’s enjoying ‘howling at the moon’, as Crowley put it, so it’s gonna be tough to talk him off the ledge.” He added, “[Dean and Crowley] essentially paint as many towns red as they can possibly paint, until they run out of paint. And then Dean’s like, ‘I’m not ready to stop,’ and Crowley’s a bit, like, ‘It’s getting a little ridiculous.’ So there’s a little trouble in paradise here.”

At the Supernatural panel, Ackles and Mark Sheppard agreed that Crowley and Dean were unlikely to be bosom buddies anytime soon. “I think nobody’s ever going to believe that Crowley didn’t know what was going to happen, right?” Sheppard says. “So we’ll have to see if Crowley has any control over what happens or if Crowley’s even in charge. We’ll have to see.” Ackles added, “With Demon Dean, at some point Crowley is going to be like, ‘This was a bad, bad idea.’”

“Essentially the good in him, any kind of paternal instinct, or brotherly instinct, or humanistic instinct, as far as being a good person or a nurturing person or somebody who is gonna do the right thing or fight for the underdog — all of that is gone,” Ackles said in an IGN interview. “He just does not care, and he is enjoying that, which is scary, and it’s gonna make it that much more difficult for Sam to track him down and bring him back because he doesn’t want to be found. He’s having a great time. It’s like he’s got a new lease on life and no one can tell him no. He takes what he wants and leaves what he wants, and it’s all fun for him … It is a twenty-four seven party for him … It’s scary and sad all at the same time.”

Castiel’s slowly depleting grace was also up for discussion. “Castiel’s grace is fading,” Collins says. “He’s getting weaker … I think that early on in the season, the most important thing for Castiel, he’s concerned with trying to help get Dean patched up again more so than he is about trying to heal his own powers.” When asked what lengths the angel would go to to get his powers back, Collins said, “I think, sadly, Castiel is kind of resigned to death, because he doesn’t want to do the things that he would have to do to make himself survive. He doesn’t want to slit another angel’s throat and steal its grace or cooperate with Metatron, and those are the only two options that he sees open to him. So he is fading; we find him trying to use the last bit of energy that he has to help save Dean from being a demon, and we’ll see how that goes.”

Finally, the cast hinted at a “musical-ish” episode for their 200th. The fifth episode of the season, it will be titled “Fan Fiction” and was described by Jeremy Carver as a “love letter to the fans.” Padalecki added, “It’s wonderful to thank you guys on screen.” In a press interview, Collins explained, “It’s gonna be good. It’s gonna be kind of meta.”

Singing, dancing, and demonic drama? We’re ready. Fingers crossed, this season looks like it’s gonna be an emotional roller coaster of the highest order.

Like This? Watch That: Summer Hiatus Edition

You’re in pain. We understand. We can help. Follow our handy guide to summer healing while you wait for the inevitable fall.

If You Like: Supernatural
Then Watch: Dominion
Why: The angel garrison is a large part of Supernatural, and it’s front and center in Dominion. Not only do you get the most stunningly gorgeous wing porn you’ve ever laid eyes on in the brand-new Dominion, but a set of somewhat-diverse and interesting characters to boot. But I mean –come on. Stunning. Wing. Porn

If You Like: Pirates
Then Watch: Crossbones
Why: Good piratey fun. Need I say more?

If You Like: Alients, Astronauts, Halle Berry
Then Watch:
 Extant
Why: It’s a high-concept sci-fi premise that holds promise, and worth sticking around for.

If You Like: Boardwalk Empire
Then Watch: The Knick
Why: Well, it hasn’t aired yet — it premieres on August 8th — but the premise is genuinely interesting, a ten-episode hospital drama set in 1900 in New York City. We’ll have to wait and see whether it lives up to it’s gritty promise, but I have hope for this one.

If You Like: Post-Apocalyptic Scenarios, e.g. Revolution
Then Watch: The Last Ship, The Leftovers
Why: In The Last Ship, a crew of a Navy destroyer finds themselves among the last people on earth. The Leftovers focuses on those left behind after 140 million people suddenly vanish from the face of the planet. Both are ten-episode series adapted from bestselling novels, and both seem worth checking out.

If You Like: Mad Men
Then Watch: Masters of Sex
Why: Season 2 has arrived for this saucy, tasteful drama, and should be just as promising and complex as its predecessor.

If You Like: Once Upon a Time, Sleepy Hollow
Then Watch: Outlanders
Why: It’s a thrilling blend of sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, romance, and historical fiction, and the books were outstanding (no pun intended, although looking back, it should have been).

If You Like: Hannibal
Then Watch: Penny Dreadful
Why: It’s a psychological thriller depicting the origins of classic horror characters. It’s got style, it’s got grace, it’s got great chemistry between the characters. If you like sex, horror, violence, period dramas, or a nice combination of the four, then go check this one out. While I would be remiss to call the two shows similar, they do both have a knack for seducing the viewer.

48 Things You Thought While Watching the “Fifty Shades” Trailer, According To Us

In the grand tradition of making lists that assume that everyone is average and thinks and acts the same way (e.g. “What Men Think About Trends,” etc. etc.), we’ve provided our own to tell you everything you were thinking while you were watching the trailer. And not a single one of them is, “I wasn’t watching the trailer, what are you talking about, you utter fool.”

Without further ado (and warning, strong language ahead, because you have the mouth of a sailor):

  1. Who the fuck decorated this place? Is President Snow in there? He is, isn’t he?
  2. Who the fuck hired you? Both of you? All of you?
  3. Damn, that blonde woman looks sinister. President Snow.
  4. She’s supposed to be interviewing you, dumbass. This isn’t fuckin’ Twilight, you ain’t fuckin’ Edward.
  5. … Unless you are, shall we say, fucking Edward. That’d be interesting. Plot twist.
  6. He actually looks like a teddy bear. That’s amusing.
  7. He’s staring intensely at her.
  8. She’s staring intensely at him.
  9. Oh. A control freak. That’s um …. disturbing.
  10. This really is Twilight fanfic. What an age we live in.
  11. He’s staring intensely at her again as the music swells.
  12. “I’m incapable of leaving you alone.” That’s uh, again, fuckin’ disturbing. Please don’t tell me we’re gonna have to teach our daughters all over again that codependency is not a healthy relationship.
  13. They’re staring intensely at each other.
  14. He’s staring intensely at her again.
  15. “You should steer clear of me.” You mean as in … “You really should stay away from me” (Twilight, Ch. 4, Pg. 84)? Because if we could just recycle the dialogue, that’d be much more efficient (you also happen to have an encyclopedic knowledge of Twilight quotes).
  16. Look, he’s dangerous.
  17. He’s gone. Now he’s here. Now he’s feeling her up underneath the table. That’s exciting.
  18. “I don’t do romance.” Honey, by the looks of this movie, literally no one is doing romance here. I’m certainly not emotionally swayed.
  19. “You wouldn’t understand.” Look honey, you ain’t a fuckin’ vampire. You’re just kinky. It’s different. Calm the fuck down.
  20. And look, see? She wants to be enlightened. You had nothing to worry about.
  21. That is an impressive porn lair.
  22. Though I feel that if you’re gonna be blindfolded, what’s the need for the swell decor?
  23. Beyonce does a nice job here of sounding raspy, moany, and seductive. A nice touch.
  24. Still not enthralled. Start talking to me when you film your BDSM bestiality blockbuster. (Wow, that’s, er …. We won’t tell anyone. If that’s what you’re into.)

So, that’s what ran through your head. Feel free to reflect on that, and come back to us later for more of your daily thoughts. Write Fifty Shades fanfiction. Use a lot of adverbs and ellipses. Publish it. Then write fanfiction of that. 

Welcome to Seven Deadly Cynics

You’ll notice that there are televisions everywhere.

Look up. Is there a television? There might be. The television is the all-seeing eye. The television will keep you safe, and report back to its robot overlords, who will protect you.

Or you could be a Deadly Cynic and wonder just what it is that has wormed its way into your life.

But that sounds terrifying. What does it mean? Don’t worry, young Padawan. We’ll show you.

Welcome to Seven Deadly Cynics.

We’re all about celebrating our dear robot overlords, sure. But we’re also about questioning them. Negotiating with them, and wondering how they impact the larger, non-robot world. That’s the essence of this website. We’re an open resource for the latest overlord updates and what they mean for the rest of us. We’re a safe and sane (well, safeish and saneish) voice in a cold, simplistic, judgmental universe that doesn’t care about you. Don’t worry, padawan. We care about you. The overlords care about you. And that’s all that matters. 

Expect daily updates on what’s going on in movies and TV that probe its implications like a team of aliens from the nearest rogue planet. Don’t worry about wondering what to think about the latest goings-ons. We’ll tell  you what to think. And you need not fear that we’re facetious or sarcastic, as we’re never facetious or sarcastic. But then, as the overlords tell us in their Summer 2014 ThoughtGuide, that’s exactly the kind of thing a facetious, sarcastic person would say. So who’s to say? Who’s to know? And that’s exactly the fun of being a Deadly Cynic.

Join us, join the overlords, and we’ll conquer the world.